Suzie Wong is perhaps one of the most well known go go bars in Bangkok. The biggest reason for that may be the name. Though I am sure the nude dancers inside have a lot to do with it. While nudity was the norm in most go go bars years ago it is becoming rarer as time goes on. Suzie Wong breaks the modern mold in that way and some others.
Nearly all go go bars oriented towards foreigners in Bangkok are located inside of three areas. One is the famous Nana Plaza on Soi 4. The other is the somewhat dated Patpong area on Patpong Soi 1 and Patpong Soi 2. Finally there is the Soi Cowboy strip made world famous by the blockbuster movie The Hangover II.
Suzie Wong’s Agogo
Suzie Wong is located on Soi Cowboy closer to the intersection with Sukhumvit Soi 23. Although the street is filling with women and flashing neon lights the place is still easy to find. It has a large and clear sign that is easy to see. So even without the need for touts in the street holding signs people find their way inside with regularity.
Still Suzie Wong’s always seems to get more of a come and go stream of customers than a steady push. While places like Crazy House around the corner stay packed Suzie Wong’s has its ups and downs. At times it feels like the place is empty. Later the seats are filled.
Inside Suzie Wong
Suzie Wong’s is a long place that somehow feels cavernous. There is an elevated stage on the floor with plenty of booth style seats around. Unlike some other bars Suzie Wong’s is laid out in a way that gives most seats a clear view of the stage. That is important since they do regular dance routines of the old school variety. That means things like smoking with parts of the body that aren’t connected to the lungs.
It never seems like there are all that many women working at Suzie Wong’s considering the size of the place. There are definitely gals on staff but not in the numbers that you see in some other nearby bars. There also seem to be more older women working in Suzie Wong’s these days than there are in most Soi Cowboy bars. That may have something to do with the age of the bar itself. Or the style it has with its regular shows.
The gals at Suzie Wong are friendly and always ready to sit down with customers who buy them lady drinks. The prices are on par with the rest of the street. Though at 175 Baht ($6 USD) for a beer they are higher than they were just a few years ago. Barfines don’t seem to be as common at Suzie Wong as they are in some other go go bars. Again the centrality of the shows could have something to do with that. The fact that a punter could easily spend 5000 Baht ($165 USD) on a few drinks, a barfine and compensation to a lady might have even more to do with it.
Suzie Wong is an old style go go bar. But it lacks the charm and excitement of other places like Heaven Above. I can’t exactly put my finger on the reason for that. Suzie Wong is a place where a guy can walk in off the street and have a beer while watching an Asian women do tricks with her genitals and some ping pong balls. The fact that this doesn’t appear so special may say more about society than it does about this bar. Two stars.
|Address:||Soi Cowboy, Bangkok, Thailand (Map)|
|Hours:||7:00 PM - 2:00 AM|